22nd May 2012

Unique Training Delivers for Congress Childcare

Congress Childcare team members graduated recently with Certificate III in Children’s Services.

For five local indigenous early childhood educators, Friday 22 May 2012 marked the completion of a special milestone.

In a graduation ceremony held at Congress Childcare, students Erica Adams, Desmond McGrady, Narcissa Sailor, Ruth Furber and Rowena Corby were recognised for the successful completion of their studies in Certificate III in Children’s Services.

This nationally recognised qualification was delivered through a unique training program, providing culturally relevant on-the-job training and assessment, coursework and online classrooms.

Training was provided through a partnership with Coonara Community House, a non-profit, community based Registered Training Organisation (RTO) based in Victoria.

Through this partnership, the course was able to be delivered in a flexible way, overcoming some of the challenges typically faced by distance education. An emphasis on practical application of the course and verbal interviews to share learnings and knowledge – rather than traditional workbooks – meant that students were able to demonstrate their understanding of the course.

“We realised early on that for these students to get the most out of this course, we would need to look at the way it was taught,” commented Coonara trainer Dani Campbell. “We, as trainers, are so proud of the achievements of these students in being able to not just complete this training, but in doing it so well.”

For graduate Desmond McGrady, working in childcare has been a recent career change but one he hopes to continue. “I’d really like to be able to go on to further study from here,” he said.

Graduates received a year’s membership to Early Childhood Australia, the peak industry body for childhood education and care.